On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 12:38:56PM -0800, geneb via cctalk wrote: > >Before that, I have been using pine (nowadays named alpine), which had > >configuration edited via builtin options editor and before that, elm, > >never configured by me (AFAIR - about 20yago). So, with this > >perspective, I can say mutt is not bad and I intend sticking to it for > >a while. > > What about mutt do you prefer over alpine?
Maybe I cannot give one strong argument for mutt over alpine, but: - I used pine on a "Unix shell" account attached to my address, then after upgrade I decided to try mutt; alpine is installed but somehow I never again ran it here - I still have alpine installed at home "Unix shell account" and use it for minor mail processing, but for longer reading of my huge mailboxes mutt feels a bit nicer to me, so I use it - in mutt, I can press "l" in "mailbox view"/"index view" and limit displayed items only to those matching given expression; so for example, if I want to see only mails with "[name of certain group in subject]", I can do this - I have first learned about such thing after switching to mutt, so I have no idea if alpine can do such trick, too; when I am done I switch back with "l all" - in mutt, I can send a mail through a preconfigured script in Python (some kind of preprocessor written by me), which is bound to certain key; I had no idea how to achieve this in alpine; I understand I can have more such programs bound to more keys in mutt, never tried in alpine - for a while, I used to repair broken threads in my inbox using mutt's "link thread"; no idea about similar thing in alpine - I have found out that I really like the 256-color mode; it took me a bit of trying, and maybe not all colors are nice enough for my eyes, so I will have to redo some configuration later, but I find it easier to plow through few hundred mails a day when they are colored (also, some are colored differently based on certain properties, like "sent from family member" or "from a buddy" - I have set it in muttrc, for each member of the group by name or other factor); perhaps I could color mails based on mailing list, but I have to try it yet - not sure if it would do me any good, however. Please note, I do not claim that alpine cannot do those things. I have been using mutt while each of the needs arose and have been satisfied by finding relevant mutt-based solution. I never looked for alpine-based solution, so my preference for mutt might come from ignorance. But I am now dug deeply in this hole. What I dislike about mutt: - No built-in scripting language, for more advanced mail processing. But it is not really hard to go around this limitation, so dislike is not very strong. -- Regards, Tomasz Rola -- ** A C programmer asked whether computer had Buddha's nature. ** ** As the answer, master did "rm -rif" on the programmer's home ** ** directory. And then the C programmer became enlightened... ** ** ** ** Tomasz Rola mailto:tomasz_r...@bigfoot.com **